Walk for the Cure 2016

Thanks to all of our agents and their friends and family who joined us this weekends at Tempe Beach Park for the Walk for a Cure!

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We had an amazing showing at this years “Walk for the Cure”! People brought their friends, family, children and pets dressed to the hilt to support the cause.

What an amazing time. We hope to continue to see even more people attending next year!

 

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BUYING OR RENTING It’s not just about the money.

Should you be thinking about buying a home over Renting?

Buying or Renting your home

With rents are increasing and predicted to keep increasing into 2017 there is a lot of talk about why it can be a better idea to buy a home instead of rent.

But it’s not just about the money when deciding to buy over rent. When you buy, you gain more flexibility with what you can do to your own property. Paint the wall, make improvements and additions all of these option open up without the added expanse of having to change them back when you end your lease.

When you buy you get control of how long you want to live in your home. You don’t have to worry about resigning leases, or rent increases. You also don’t have to worry about added fees for furry additions to your life!

When you rent a home no matter what happens with the value of that home you will never gain equity in it. You also don’t get to enjoy any of the tax advantages the come with home ownership.

If you are interested in finding out more of the benefits to home ownership contact one of our REALTORS® for a free consultation to see what your options are. They might be more than you think.

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September Luxury Featured Properties

luxury-blog-headerWelcome to our collection of Luxury Homes. View multiple photos and more information just by clicking on the photo. Enjoy!

Paradise Valley Charmer!

Paradise Valley ~ $1,100,000
MLS# 5453738
Lynn Mack 480.313.6656
www.LynnMackProperties.com


Troon Ridge Estates IV

North Scottsdale ~ $1,088,000
MLS# 5419429
Teresa R Fahl  480.620.5738
www.TNTFineProperties.com


Magnificent Mummy Mountain Views

Paradise Valley ~ $985,000
MLS# 5423368
Dee Dee Nadler  602.686.6996
www.DeeDeesFineHomes.com


Tempe Executive Living at its Finest

Tempe ~ $949,000
MLS# 5421587
Nicole Mueller 623.764.5313
www.nicolesellsarizona.com


Desert Fairways 13

Scottsdale ~ $950,000
MLS# 5392114
Colleen Seymour 480.518.0826
www.ColleenSeymour.com

 


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September’s Featured Arizona Luxury Estates

luxury-blog-headerWelcome to our collection of Luxury Homes. View multiple photos and more information just by clicking on the photo. Enjoy!

Timeless European Elegance in Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley ~ $7,195,000
MLS# 5403243 

Eric Heil 602.370.6456
www.HeilHayesGroup.com


Dramatic Sunset Views in Boulder Crest

Scottsdale ~ $1,295,000
MLS# 5080684

Chris Fretland, CRS, MRE, GRI, SFR  480.772.2549
www.ChrisFretland.com


Wonderful Home in Camelback Corridor

Phoenix ~ $859,000
MLS# 5399478
Eric Mininberg  602.757.6249
www.EricMininberg.BHHSAZ.com


Custom Elegance in the Heart of Carefree

Carefree ~ $849,900
MLS# 5387747
Michelle Miller  480.466.2984
MillerTeamSellsAZHomes.com


Million Dollar Views!

Phoenix ~ $645,000
MLS# 5417765
Eric Mininberg  602.757.6249
www.EricMininberg.BHHSAZ.com

 


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It’s Time to Move UP

With the market’s dynamic swings you might not realize what a historically good time it is to buy a home or upgrade to a larger home.

Its Time to Move Up Graphic- Scottsdale

If you live in a home that was purchased in 2006, you can move up with one more bedroom and 1196 more sq.ft. and potentially pay $368 less per month than you are paying for your current smaller home.

Click here to find a Real Estate agent and get a free consultation on the amount of home you can get and what is available in your dream community.

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Renters share their perspectives on home buying

Renters Respond With Their Concerns and Thoughts on The Market

Real Estate Market Consumer sentiment survey - Renters

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Homeowner Q4 2016 Sentiment Survey also asked renters about their perspectives on homeownership. Many said they’ve been renting homes for longer periods than originally planned.

Those renting for a year to three years said their largest challenge is saving money for a down payment. Prospective homeowners renting from three to five years said their primary hurdles include finding a suitable home, trying to save money and getting a good interest rate on a loan. Those renting for six years or more expressed more concern about the U.S. economy.

Besides saving for a down payment, 37% of millennial renters indicated they are interested in buying only when they’re ready to afford their dream home, signaling that they find the concept of a “starter home” less desirable than previous generations.

Renters who said they could not buy a home listed poor credit scores and strict lender guidelines as their principle hurdles.

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Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Consumer Sentiment Survey Methodology

Interviews with 2,521 respondents were conducted online by Edelman Intelligence in June 2016. The respondents captured were either current homeowners (individuals who currently own a home as a primary residence) or prospective homeowners (individuals who do not currently own a home and are likely to buy a home as their primary residence in the next six months). The margin of error is +/-2.2% for current homeowners and +/- 4.4% for prospective homeowners.

ABOUT BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES ARIZONA PROPERTIES

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties is a part of Americana Holdings, which also includes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties. The firms are leaders in their respective markets with 25 offices and 2,200 agents, comprising the largest independently owned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in the world. Combined, the companies sold $3.1 billion in real estate in 2015.

In 2014, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has 54,000 agents in 1,600 offices around the world. For more information, visit www.bhhsaz.com or call 480-505-6300.

 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and HSF Affiliates LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

Media Contacts:

Sarah Thornton

(702) 796-7777

sarah@sarahthorntonpr.com

 

Kevin Ostler
(949) 794-7980

kevinostler@hsfranchise.com

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Consumers’ Perception of U.S. Housing Gains Ground

Boomers Make Noise While Millennials Exercise Patience in Quest for Homes

Homeowner survey Boomers - Real Estate Market

[Scottsdale, AZ] (August, 24, 2016) — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, part of the HSF Affiliates LLC family of real estate brokerage franchise networks, and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties today released results of its latest Homeowner Sentiment Survey indicating that current and prospective homeowners remain optimistic about the current state of the U.S. real estate market. Respondents cite higher home values, increasing housing inventory and low interest rates as the main reasons for their optimism.

The survey showed that 66% of existing homeowners view the U.S. real estate market favorably, representing a 5-percentage point jump since spring to the highest level in more than a year. Favorability also grew most among baby boomers, who are making noise with a newly favorable attitude toward the housing market. To date, boomers have been the most pessimistic group tracked in the ongoing survey but the latest results reveal a full 60% of boomers view the housing market favorably, a 6-point increase since last spring.

“We find this data particularly interesting in light of the housing-inventory shortage seen in many markets,” said Gino Blefari, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “As homeowners feel increasingly confident about the outlook of housing and their homeownership investments, they are more likely to consider a move for themselves – up, down or laterally to another market. Perhaps this is a signal that more existing homes may gradually come to market freeing up more options for first-time and move-up buyers.”

Millennials Are Most Optimistic

Among all respondents, millennials are most optimistic about the real estate market and are the most satisfied with the U.S. economy. In fact, 76% of respondents ages 18 to 34 view housing favorably, up a point from last spring and a full 17 percentage points from November. A large majority of millennials (85%) also believe that owning a home is an important part of the “American Dream,” a sentiment shared with older generations.

Mortgage rates remain low but how low is up to interpretation. Just 13% of millennial respondents described loan rates as “low” while 53% categorized them as “average.” Additionally, millennials indicated that their biggest challenge in purchasing a home is securing a low mortgage rate. Gen-Xers said their largest barrier to homeownership is saving money for the purchase, while boomers – in concert with their growing confidence – said their biggest challenge is “finding a home that suits their family’s wants and needs.”

The possibility of rising mortgage rates remains a concern among all demographic groups surveyed. Not surprisingly, 81% of prospective homebuyers expressed concern about rate increases. “Mortgage rates have been low for so long it’s only reasonable for rates to rise a little at some point down the road,” said Stephen Phillips, president of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “If and when rates do rise, it’s also reasonable to expect only a gradual increase over time – no rate shock.”

Q4 survey - feelings on RE graph

 

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Consumer Sentiment Survey Methodology

Interviews with 2,521 respondents were conducted online by Edelman Intelligence in June 2016. The respondents captured were either current homeowners (individuals who currently own a home as a primary residence) or prospective homeowners (individuals who do not currently own a home and are likely to buy a home as their primary residence in the next six months). The margin of error is +/-2.2% for current homeowners and +/- 4.4% for prospective homeowners.

ABOUT BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES ARIZONA PROPERTIES

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties is a part of Americana Holdings, which also includes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties. The firms are leaders in their respective markets with 25 offices and 2,200 agents, comprising the largest independently owned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in the world. Combined, the companies sold $3.1 billion in real estate in 2015.

In 2014, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has 54,000 agents in 1,600 offices around the world. For more information, visit www.bhhsaz.com or call 480-505-6300.

 

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and HSF Affiliates LLC

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com.

Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

Prudential, the Prudential logo and the Rock symbol are service marks of Prudential Financial, Inc. and its related entities, and are used under license with no other affiliation with Prudential.

Media Contacts:

Sarah Thornton

(702) 796-7777

sarah@sarahthorntonpr.com

 

Kevin Ostler
(949) 794-7980

kevinostler@hsfranchise.com

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Buying Vs Renting – Rental Rates are Increase

Buying Vs Renting – Price Increase

Rent increase Graphic 2016 AZ

Have you taken a look at the Rental trends in your community? We are sure you noticed the rent hike the last time you went in to renew your lease. Rental costs are skyrocketing and the costs are likely to only go up in 2017.

More than 85 percent of the nation’s markets have rents that exceed 30 percent of the income of renting households.

With rents accelerating at a more rapid pace than home prices it is definitely worth your time to set us a consultation with a local REALTOR® and see how much home you can buy for what you are currently paying in rent.

Click here to find a Real Estate agent and get a free consultation.

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CONSIDERING A REMODEL?

What do you need to know about considering a remodel to help your home sell?

Remodel

Many homeowners think they need to undertake large scale projects when getting their home ready for the market. It takes an experienced professional to know which projects deliver value and which just cost you a lot of money. You should always consult your Real Estate professional when making these decisions before you commit to any contracts.

Some real estate professionals will have access to a special network of businesses that have been vetted so you know you are getting someone who is licensed and bonded. In some cases you will also be able to get a discount because you are working with a specific real estate company or agent.

Our Recommended Upgrade Projects:

  • Create a more open floor plan
  • Prune Landscaping so the home is easily visible. You don’t want to cloud your first impression.
  • Quick exterior maintenance for maximum curb appeal
  • Any general maintenance inside. Any do-it-yourself fixes should be re-looked at by a professional.
  • Flooring refresh- new tile, stone or wood can bring a fresh look and add value
  • Clean all grout, apply fresh caulk and new faucets to the kitchen and all bathrooms
  • Paint with more neutral wall colors. Your design tastes might not be for everyone and it is easier for buyers to imagine their own colors on a neutral surface.

Contact one of our real estate agents to find out more.

 

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Arizona Real Estate Firm Receives National Recognition

REAL Trends’ The Thousand Recognizes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties among the best in the nation.

 

Scottsdale (July 26, 2106) Eight Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices teams and two The Thousand Screen shotindividual real estate sales executives have been recognized among the leading professionals in American real estate, according to REAL Trends’ The Thousand. REAL Trends, in conjunction with The Wall Street Journal, recently published “The Thousand” list of America’s top 1,000 real estate sales professionals and teams.

“The Thousand,” as advertised in The Wall Street Journal, is an annual, national awards ranking sponsored by REAL Trends and advertised in The Wall Street Journal. Designees are recognized as the top one half of one percent of more than 1.1 million licensed Realtors® nationwide. The Thousand is divided into four categories, each listing the top 250 designees: Individual Agent—Sales Volume; Individual Agent—Transaction Sides; Agent Team—Sales Volume and Agent Team—Transaction Sides.

“Our teams were among the top in Arizona for sides, or number of transactions,” said Mark Stark, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties. “And our top six teams represented $258 million in Arizona real estate sales last year. Berkshire Hathaway is the leading name in real estate and it shows with the REAL Trends/Wall Street Journal rankings.”

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties executives recognized in “The Thousand” included:

Individuals by Transaction Sides: 

#54  Olga Griffin ………………………………. 58 transactions

Individuals by Sales Volume: 

#14   Linda Salkow ……………………………… $27 million

Teams by Transaction Sides:

#45   The Chandler Ocotillo Group………… 132 transactions

#49    Team Santistevan……………………….. 129 transactions

#51    Alan Levanson Team……………………. 126 transactions

#68    Sterling Elite Properties Group………. 100 transactions

#97    The Berrett Team………………………….. 79 transactions

#103   The Olberding Team…………………….. 77 transactions

Teams by Sales Volume:

Rank #9     The Power of 4…………………….. $77 million

Rank #23   Sterling Elite Properties Group…… $48 million

Rank #34   Team Santistevan……………………… $38 million

Rank #45   The Chandler Ocotillo Group……… $34 million

Rank #53    Alan Levanson Team……………….. $31 million

Rank #54   Colleen Seymour & Associates……. $30 million

 

“Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices is home to some of Arizona’s most successful real estate sales executives and teams,” said Stark. “We’re proud to be their partners in representing their clients and marketing properties both locally and internationally.”

ABOUT BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HOMESERVICES ARIZONA PROPERTIES

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Arizona Properties is a part of Americana Holdings, which also includes Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Nevada Properties and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties. The firms are leaders in their respective markets with 25 offices and 2,000 agents, comprising the largest independently owned Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices franchise in the world. Combined, the companies sold $3.1 billion in real estate in 2015.

In 2014, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices has 54,000 agents in 1,600 offices around the world.

For more information, visit www.bhhsaz.com or call 480-505-6300.

Disclaimer: In composing THE THOUSAND by REAL Trends as advertised in The Wall Street Journal and the REAL Trends Best Real Estate Agents in America rankings we reach out to request applications to virtually every leading brokerage organization, virtually all Realtor® associations and MLS and a variety of other sources. Even given this, we recognize that not every eligible sales professional knows of this ranking report and there are some who prefer not to share their data with us. There are some that are missed. We do verify through third party sources every applicant’s submission.

 

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